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Man Pleads Guilty To £5,000 Benefits Fraud In Tadcaster

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8:39am 21st June 2013

A former resident of Tadcaster has pleaded guilty to two charges of benefit fraud resulting in overpayments of more than £5,000 in benefits from Selby District Council and the Department for Work and Pensions.

Robert Keeble, 33 now of Badminton Close, Boldon, Tyne and Wear - formerly of Roman Close Tadcaster - received a community order to carry out 120 hours unpaid work and was ordered to pay costs of £200 when he appeared at York Magistrates Court on Thursday 20 June. 

Keeble was charged with failing to give prompt notification of a change in his circumstances to the Department for work and Pensions contrary to the Social Security Administration Act 1992, say Selby District Council. 

After a joint investigation by Selby District Council and the Department for Work and Pensions, it was discovered Keeble had began working at the Coach & Horses Public House in Tadcaster in April 2012 and he had received overpayments of £5,352.35 over a six month period.

Selby District Council say he received a Housing Benefit overpayment of £2,003.25, a Council Tax Benefit overpayment of £428.71 and an Income Support overpayment of £2,920.39. They add that these overpayments are now being recovered by Selby District Council and the Department for Work and Pensions.

Anyone who suspects benefit fraud can report it to the Council either online via www.selby.gov.uk or by calling the Benefit Fraud hotline: 01757 292230 (you do not have to give your name, you can just leave a message).

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